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New York Times

A Computer Academy in France Defies Conventional Wisdom

In a nation of schools typically christened with sensible acronyms or the names of dead Frenchmen, 42 seems an odd title for an institution of higher learning. But then, Xavier Niel’s new technology academy hardly aims to be conventional. READ

the new york times


Billionaire Niel Trains Geeks to Fix France’s Talent Mismatch.




A New French (Tech) Revolution?

A tall, middle-aged man is propped against a wall inside a building on the gritty northern edge of Paris. READ


Venture Beat

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. READ

National Public Radio

New Computer School Makes French Students Teach Themselves

A new computer school in Paris has been overwhelmed by some 60,000 applicants. READ

Wired UK

The French word for Entrepreneur

So you want to code? To change the world? To be the next Mark Zuckerberg? READ


The Economist


A new school breaks old rules. READ

The Economist

Less misérable

The rise of “deep tech” startups boosts the French capital’s digital scene. READ

Business Insider

A French billionaire put up $100 million to create a tuition-free ‘college’ in Silicon Valley that’s endorsed by Jack Dorsey and Evan Spiegel

A radical French technology school funded by $100 million from billionaire entrepreneur Xavier Niel is coming to Silicon Valley, and has plans to grow to 10,000 students in the next five years. READ


42: The answer to life, the universe and education

“We believe that IT has nothing to do with math and physics… it is more artistic than scientific,” says Nicolas Sadirac, as he cheerfully slaughters whole herds of sacred cows. READ


French Billionaire Opens Free Coding University ’42’ In Silicon Valley

French technology entrepreneur and billionaire Xavier Niel (#129 in 2016 and #7 in France with a net worth of $8 billion) is investing $100 million of his own money to bring his Paris-based ’42’ coding school to Silicon Valley. READ


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